Tessa

Wordless Wednesday: Dunes

April 11, 2012

Tessa hiked to one of the highest dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park on a warm but windy Spring Break trip. Tessa was not doing the “Mom’s-taking-a-blog-photo” pose (Daddy actually took the pictures) — she was just keeping the sand out of her face.

Perfect Moment Monday: On the piano bench

February 26, 2012

Tessa has taught herself  Heart and Soul on the piano, and we’ll often play it as a duet (“often” as in a bazillion times a day). The other night she asked me to play her a different song, so I pulled out my sheet music from Edvard Grieg’s Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, which I labored […]

Tension release: From cranky to compassionate

February 9, 2012

Tessa and I had been on edge with each other all day. Finally in the early evening I invited her to cuddle with me on the couch. “Neither of us slept well last night. I think we’re just tired,” I offered an explanation why we were both cranky. “But mom, YOU don’t have a hurt […]

The lessons of Soul Surfer, as interpreted by my daughter

October 3, 2011

Tessa, Reed and I are watching Soul Surfer, a DVD that Tessa picked out from the local Redbox with Daddy while Mommy was out of town. They’ve already watched it but we see it again together. It’s a feel-good movie with heartwarming moments of triumph over adversity and portrayal of family unity and support, and […]